January 6th, 2012
By JOE SPAULDING
for The Post and Mail
DECATUR ‚ÄĒ One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, ‚Äúthe first team to 30 will win.‚ÄĚ
That prediction came true as Columbia City held on to win a 35-29 girls varsity decision over Bellmont in Northeast Hoosier Conference action by shutting down the Bellmont inside game with what Eagle coach Amy Shearer called ‚Äúgood pressure and a good defensive effort.‚ÄĚ
FREMONT ‚ÄĒ Churubusco girls basketball got down early Friday and was never able to recover, losing to Fremont Lady Eagles 49-31.
The ‚ÄėBusco Lady Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring nine points to Fremont‚Äôs 12.
‚ÄúWe played well in the first quarter,‚ÄĚ Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said. ‚ÄúThen we started struggling defensively.
‚ÄúWhen we play well on defense the rest falls together. We started getting tired and started standing up instead of moving our feet on defense and our shots stopped falling.‚ÄĚ
Jennie V. Weber, 96, North Manchester, died at 1:34 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Landess, to LaMoine and Ruth (McVicker) Pulley).
On April 7, 1934, she married Milan E. Torpy. He died June 13, 1968.
On June 28, 1977, she married George W. Weber. He died September 8, 1981.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite July 2011‚Äôs ban on synthetic marijuana, commonly known as ‚Äúspice‚ÄĚ, is still prevalent in Whitley County and much of Indiana.
Though the marijuana-like drug can‚Äôt be found on shelves at local businesses, Whitley County Drug Task Force Leader and Sheriff‚Äôs Detective Bill Brice said people are going to Fort Wayne or buying the substance on the internet.
‚ÄúThe ordinance has helped keep the illegal stuff off the shelves, but it‚Äôs still out there,‚ÄĚ Brice said.
Employees at Coupled Products, a business on CR 600 E near U.S. 30, have been on strike for nearly seven months. Above, Gerri and Bill Wickliffe protest behind the group‚Äôs sign, ‚ÄúRight 2 work for less.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Sworn in at the earlier Board of Works meeting, the department heads returned to give their reports.
Park Director Mark Green reported that tickets for the department‚Äôs annual Father-Daughter Dance are now on sale at the Park Office and City Hall.
The dance will be held Feb. 3 at First Church of God in Columbia City and begins at 6 p.m.
Cost is $25 for a father-daughter combination, and $10 for an additional daughter.
John Davis and teammate Audrey Gruettert dove Thursday night at Homestead in the conference meet. The meet will conclude Saturday with the swim events, starting at 11 a.m.
Sacred music concert at West Etna Community Church Jan. 13
LARWILL ‚Äď The Moody Chorale, conducted by Dr. Xiangtang Hong of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, will be performing Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at West Etna Community Church near Larwill.
West Etna Community Church is located at 6552W-750N in northwest Whitley County.
Founded in 1946, the Moody Chorale has long been established as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations in the United States, specializing in sacred music.
4-H Open House Jan. 26
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Production machining company Impact CNC, LLC, announced plans late Wednesday to invest $12.8 million to purchase and equip a new facility at Gateway Park in Whitley County.
The facility, a 30,000 square-foot building, is expected to be operational as early as February and create up to 106 jobs in Columbia City by 2014.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio said Jerry Busche, founder and president of Impact CNC, has been looking to get the project off the ground for approximately nine months.